Richard Wilson wants to trace doctor ‘who saved his life’

Richard Wilson OBE was due to perform at the Edinburgh Festival last year but fell ill. Picture; Phil Wilkinson
Richard Wilson OBE was due to perform at the Edinburgh Festival last year but fell ill. Picture; Phil Wilkinson
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Actor Richard Wilson wants to find the doctor who saved his life last year after he suffered a heart attack.

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The stage and TV star, 80, was due to perform in a show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in which he reprised his famously cantankerous One Foot In The Grave character Victor Meldrew in August last year, but he fell ill and was forced to pull out.

He said he “remembers nothing” about the heart attack, which happened in London’s Hampstead, and that he would have died were it not for a medical professional walking past him as it happened.

He told BBC Radio 2’s Graham Norton: “I had a heart attack and fell off a balcony. I don’t remember a thing about it.

“The great thing about the accident - I’m going to mention because I’d love to know who it was - the great thing about the accident is that there was a doctor walking by, and if he hadn’t been walking by, I wouldn’t be talking to you now.

“I’d love to know who he was.”

Wilson said he would be “very grateful” if he could find out the identity of the doctor.

The actor, who is about to appear in Alan Bennett play Forty Years On in Chichester, said he was very keen to get back to work after his bout of ill health.

He said: “One of the reasons I accepted Forty Years On is because I wanted to work again. I was getting fed up watching television.”

Asked if he felt bored, he said “a bit”, and added: “I quite enjoyed it sometimes, but I prefer to be working.”

Wilson, who became a TV favourite with his crotchety catchphrase “I don’t believe it!”, said he hopes to bring the show he planned to do last year to the stage at some point in the future in the Scottish city.